Idaho 16 extension work to begin soon
The next step in the extension of Idaho 16 connecting State Street to Chinden Boulevard is set to begin in several weeks.
Nampa-based Idaho Sand and Gravel Company has been named apparent low bidder for the $8.76-million work to connect the highways with the local roads on either end of the project, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.
“Contracts have already been awarded to connect State to Chinden, including a new 1,726-foot bridge over the Boise River. Work has been under way since last May to build a bridge across the Boise River and Phyllis Canal between U.S. 20/26 and Idaho 44,” said Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Reed Hollinshead.
During the next month, the Idaho Transportation Department will verify that the apparent low bidder is a properly licensed contractor and possesses a surety bond to protect taxpayers and the department. Once that has been verified, officials said, the contractor can schedule work to begin. These improvements will be done in late summer 2014.
Preparation for the GARVEE-funded construction on the connecting roads will likely begin in early April. Work that would disrupt the flow of irrigation waters will be suspended until the irrigation season has been completed.
“As western Ada, eastern Canyon, and southern Gem counties develop, the ability to move north-south traffic is a primary concern,” explained GARVEE Program Manager Amy Schroeder. “The project will provide another vital north-south link in the Treasure Valley as the population continues to grow. This particular project provides new county roads and replaces access to all of the parcels adjacent to the project.”
GARVEE (Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle) bonds allowed the Idaho Transportation Department to advance critical infrastructure improvements in vital corridors throughout the state.
Concrete Placing Co. Inc., of Boise, is the contractor for the first segment, which is the $19.4-million construction of the river crossing, as well as $10.8-million work to the south and a crossing of the Phyllis Canal.
(map: courtesy ITD)